It’s the opening declaration on Hayley Marsten’s brassy second release, and a statement you’d be a fool to doubt. The Gladstone songwriter and purveyor of bold country music is older and wiser on Lonestar, which is at once playful and deeply personal.
Marsten has moved past the heartache that permeated her debut release, Even, and through collaboration with acclaimed artists, such as Lyn Bowtell and Aleyce Simmonds, has brought a more mature songwriter and performer to the surface.
Life experience has ultimately imbued this collection of songs with a more intimate yet worldly view, with the support of fellow songwriters giving Marsten the confidence to be direct with her audience. The title track exemplifies her determination, the desire to forge a career in the face of a doubter. Playful defiance, strength, fun and resilience flow throughout each song.
Lonestar suggests a bright future for this songwriter, both emotionally and professionally. ‘Money Can’t Buy Class’ exhibits a confident young woman who isn’t going to take crap from anyone. It’s a stunning takedown of someone who dared question her lifestyle. Whereas closer ‘Until You’ is a stirring love song done Marsten’s way. “Because until you I was the kind to kiss boys in bars on a Saturday night, make fun of the loved up, get down with the beat up – that was until you.”
“I think this is a more accurate representation of love at my age,” Marsten says. “I could never imagine writing a beautiful loving, doting love song – it still has to have my personality in it and that’s just not me.”
The sophomore release debuted at #8 on the ARIA Country Charts and #1 on the Australian Independent Records chart.
|November 9, 2018 8:30 pm||St Andrews Church Hall|